He has a face only a mother could love — a mother who lives 1,000 to 3,000 feet under water and voraciously feeds on live squid and fish.
We’re talking about a goblin shark — only the second member of his species ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico, and the first since 2000, shark expert John Carlson said.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” Carlson, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research biologist said. “Some would call them ‘ugly.’ I think, ‘interesting.’”
Carl Moore, 63, of Townsend, Georgia, was the unlikely archeologist of this ichthyological wonder, which he estimates was 18 to 20 feet long. He caught it on April 19, about halfway through an 18-day fishing trip.
Carlson guesses it was closer to 15 feet, with the largest goblin shark ever measuring 18 feet.
Moore decided an exact appraisal wasn’t in his best interest.
“I was going to take the tape measure, then he flashed around again. I said, ‘Forget the measurement. That thing’ll eat me up!’”